Bridging Historias

Bridging Historias Readings

Conceptualizing Latino/a History and the Colonial Era

  • Rolena Adorno and Patrick Charles Pautz, editors and trans., The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca (1999)
  • Frances R. Aparicio, “(Re)constructing Latinidad: The Challenge of Latina/o Studies,” in A Companion to Latina/o Studies, eds. Juan Flores and Renato Rosaldo (2007), pp. 39-48
  • “Latino History: An Interchange on Present Realities and Future Prospects,” Journal of American History, 97:2 (September 2010)
  • Pablo Mitchell, “Playing the Pivot: Teaching Latina/o History in Good Times and Bad” and “Syllabus,” Journal of American History 93:4 (March 2007)
  • Andrés Reséndez, A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca (2009)
  • Vicki L. Ruiz, “Nuestra America: Latino History as United States History,” Journal of American History 93:3, (December 2006), pp. 655-672

The Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

  • Virginia Sánchez Korrol, From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City (1994;1983)
  • Rodrigo Lazo, Writing to Cuba: Filibustering and Cuban Exiles in the United States (2005)
  • María E. Montoya, “Dividing the Land: The Taylor Ranch and the Case for Preserving the Limited Access Commons,” in Land in the American West: Private Claims and the Common Good, eds. William G. Robbins and James C. Foster (2000), pp. 121-144
  • John Nieto-Phillips, The Language of Blood: The Making of Spanish-American Identity in New Mexico, 1880s-1930s (2004)
  • Lisandro Pérez, “Cubans in Nineteenth-Century New York: A Story of Sugar, War, and Revolution.” Nueva York, 1613-1945, edited by Edward J. Sullivan. (2010)
  • Raúl A. Ramos, “Finding the Balance: Bexar in Mexican/Indian Relations,” in Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History, eds. Samuel Truett and Elliott Young (2004), pp. 35-65
  • Samuel Truett, “Epics of Greater America: Herbert Eugene Bolton’s Quest for a Transnational American History,” in Interpreting Spanish Colonialism: Empires, Nations, and Legends, eds. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara and John M. Nieto-Phillips (2005), pp. 213-247
  • Omar Valerio-Jiménez, “Neglected Citizens and Willing Traders: The Villas del Norte (Tamaulipas) in Mexico’s Northern Borderlands, 1749-1846,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 18:2 (2002)

World War II to the Present

  • Luis Alvarez, “From Zoot Suits to Hip Hop: Towards a Relational Chicana/o Studies,” Latino Studies 5:1 (Spring 2007), pp. 53-75
  • Cristina Beltrán, The Trouble With Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity (2010) Introduction, pp. 3-19
  • Albert M. Camarillo, “Cities of Color: The New Racial Frontier in California’s Minority-Majority Cities,” Pacific Historical Review 76:1 (February 2007), pp. 1-28
  • Juan Flores, “Island and Enclaves: Caribbean Latinos in Historical Perspective,” in Latinos: Remaking America, eds. Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Mariela M. Páez (2002), pp. 59-74
  • Guillermo J. Grenier, and Lisandro Pérez, The Legacy of Exile: Cubans in the U.S. Chapters 4-9 (2003).
  • Vicki Ruiz, “Coloring Class: Racial Constructions in Twentieth-Century Chicana/o Historiography,” in A Companion to Latina/o Studies, eds. Juan Flores and Renato Rosaldo (2007), pp. 169-179
  • Anthony Stevens-Acevedo, Tom Weterings, Leonor Álvarez Francés, Juan Rodriguez and the Beginnings of New York City (2013)
  • Zaragosa Vargas, Labor Rights are Civil Rights: Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America (2005)

Border, Immigration, and Citizenship

  • Marisela R. Chávez, “We have a long, beautiful history”: Chicana Feminist Trajectories and Legacies” in No Permanent Waves: Recasting U.S. Feminist History (2010), pp. 77-97
  • Arleen Davila, Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and the Neoliberal City (2004)
  • Lori A. Flores, “A Town Full of Dead Mexicans: The Salinas Valley Bracero Tragedy of 1963, the End of the Bracero Program, and the Evolution of California’s Chicano Movement,” in Western Historical Quarterly 44 (Summer 2013): 125-143.
  • María Cristina Garcia, Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, the U.S., and Canada (2006)
  • Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, A Tale of Two Cities: Santo Domingo and New York After 1950 (2008)
  • Robert Smith, Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants (2005).
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Trans-national Latino/a History and Culture

  • John Gibler, “To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War” Open Media Series, City Lights Books (New York: 2011) pp. 7-62
  • María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, “In the Shadow of NAFTA: ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ Revisits the National Allegory of Mexican Sovereignty” American Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 3 (September 2005) pp. 751-777
  • Raúl Delgado Wise and James C. Cypher, “The Strategic Role of Mexican Labor Under NAFTA: Critical Perspectives on Current Economic Integration” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 610, (March 2007) pp. 120-142

Resources on Latino History Compiled by Vicki L. Ruiz, University of California, Irvine

Abrego, Leisy. Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders.  Stanford, 2014.

Casavantes Bradford, Anita. The Revolution is for the Children: The Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959-1962. North Carolina, 2014.

Chávez-García, Miroslava. States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System. California, 2012.

Escobedo, Elizabeth. From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Homefront. North Carolina, 2013.

Fernández, Lilia. Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago. Chicago, 2012.

García, María Cristina, Seeking Refuge: Central American Immigration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada. California, 2006.

García, Matt. From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement. California, 2012.

Gutiérrez, David. Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity. California, 1995.

Gutiérrez, Ramon. When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846. Stanford, 1991.

Lazo, Rodrigo. Writing to Cuba: Filibustering and Cuban Exiles in the United States. North Carolina, 2005.

Menjívar, Cecelia. Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America. California, 2000.

Monroy, Douglas. Thrown Among Strangers: Mexican Culture in Frontier California. California, 1990.

Perales, Monica. Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community. North Carolina, 2010.

Pérez, Gina. The Near Northwest Side Story: Migration, Displacement, and Puerto Rican Families. California, 2004.

Rosas, Ana. Abrazando El Espíritu: Bracero Families’ Construction of the United States-Mexico Borderlands, 1942-1964. California, 2014.

Ruiz, Vicki L.  Cannery Women, Cannery Lives. New Mexico Press, 1987

_______From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth Century America. Oxford, 1998, 2008.

______and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds. Latina Legacies. Oxford, 2005

­­___________. ­­­­Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Indiana, 2006.

Sánchez, George J. Becoming Mexican American. Oxford, 1993.

Sánchez-Korrol, Virginia. From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City. California, 1993.

Valerio-Jiménez, Omar and Carmen T. Whalen, eds. Major Problems in Latino/a History. Centage, 2015.

Vásquez-Hernández, Victor and Carmen T. Whalen, eds. The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives. Temple, 2005.

Whalen, Carmen Teresa. From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia. Temple, 2001.

Other Resources

Bracero History Archive
 collects and makes available the oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a guest worker initiative that spanned the years 1942-1964. Millions of Mexican agricultural workers crossed the border under the program to work in more than half of the states in America.

Latino Americans
 is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.

Latinos in History: An Interactive Project
 is a CD-ROM and website project offering students and teachers an innovative approach to learning about the role of Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and South American women in U.S. history. The largest and fastest growing minority group, Latinas share historical antecedents that span five centuries. Based on current research, the interactive website incorporates historical overviews, sound, animation, photographs, videos, timelines, biographies, resources, and linkages to primary and secondary sources that tell fascinating stories about writers, labor leaders, entrepreneurs, activists, healers, educators, and many others who helped shape America’s past and present.

National Park Service: American Latino Heritage Project explores how the legacy of American Latinos can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations. The National Park Service, as a storyteller of our Nation’s past, is committed to connecting and amplifying American Latino stories throughout national parks and communities across the United States.  The website contains a theme study on American Latinos and the Making of the United States.

Smithsonian Latino Center
 works pan-institutionally with the entire network of Smithsonian museums, research centers, programs and almost 200 affiliates nationwide to ensure that Latino culture, achievement and contributions are celebrated and recognized.